Article on tribunals skewed the facts

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The statistical analysis in your front-page article titled "89 percent guilty at tribunals" (July 26) does not include the following:

- Regarding the 15-year-old who made the threat against a teacher: How many prior incidents did he have which led to him to a tribunal?

- What are the statistics of the entire population of Richmond County schools for the six-year period of records that were used by the reporter, compared to how many students during that time were referred to a tribunal?

This article is biased against Richmond County schools because it does not show the school board's side of the facts. What steps did the schools and school board take to rehabilitate a problem student prior to the final administrative hearing/tribunal? The term "tribunal" is used to make the school board seem mysterious and secretive, when in reality it is an administrative hearing to determine final disposition of the worst students.

This article treated the assault and threats against teachers by students as casual offenses. Threats or assaults on teachers is intolerable and deserves the highest forms of punitive measures to restore the teacher's authority.

Your article is part of the problem with Richmond County schools, and you should be embarrassed at the lack of analysis that makes this article incomplete and biased against the hard-working teachers and administrators who have to focus the majority of their efforts on a handful of bad students instead of teaching and mentoring the students who can and will succeed.

Bob Beck, Evans

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/17/09 - 01:56 am
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Amen - 99% of students who

Amen - 99% of students who are FINALLY referred to a tribunal have been in the vice principals and principals office so many times and received everything from detention to in school suspension to out of school suspension. As the article stated, many don't even show up for the tribunal - I would venture to say that is because they really don't want to be in school to get an education to begin with. These few THUGS in Richmond County Schools need to be removed to make the schools safer and better learning environments for everyone else.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/17/09 - 03:35 am
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How much did the Fletcher

How much did the Fletcher firm "earn" during FY09 from its role in the RCSS tribunal process?

justus4
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justus4 08/17/09 - 07:13 am
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Ol' Bob nailed it with his
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Ol' Bob nailed it with his observation: "Your article is part of the problem" and most minorities know that fact, but rarely voice that opinion. Facts are easily mis-stated or used to mis-inform to create confusion and apathy. It works most of the time and the non-minority media banks on that model to operate. However, new media may have something to say about the old timers. For example, all administrative hearings and the decisions should be on the RCBOE web page. (of course without names) but with comments on how the decisions were made AND any story published about Board policies should be pre-screened for accuracy, especially about large numbers of students. Of course that won't happen, but when they get it wrong, there should be a way for the district to correct the errors. Good job Mr. Beck!

disssman
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disssman 08/17/09 - 10:47 am
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Stop the tribunals and start

Stop the tribunals and start using the legal system. If a student strikes a teacher, call the police and put them in jail period. If a student mouths off at a teacher, call the parent immediately and have them picked up immediately, no ifs, no ands, and no buts. If the parent can't pick them up send to child protective services or to juvenile detention until the parent can retrive them. I believe that our mollycoddling of students is the problem. But, before we do anything please install some 100 dollar video systems to protect the system from lawsuits. Come on RCBE the systems aren't that expensive for the good they will do.

jack
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jack 08/17/09 - 11:34 am
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My queston is what business

My queston is what business is it of the LTE writer concerning the RCBOE when he lives in Evans? Secondly, gasp!, I agree with Disssman on this one.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/09 - 12:53 pm
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Justus, the school district

Justus, the school district isn't allowed to post results about individual minors, because they do their stuff in front of others- so everyone knows what happened- and their privacy couldn't be protected. Honest to God, you can't possibly be as dense as you post.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 08/17/09 - 07:20 pm
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And all the folks in prison

And all the folks in prison are innocent, too. Right justus?

anotherday
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anotherday 08/18/09 - 12:00 am
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Mr Spinks- Mr Fletcher also

Mr Spinks- Mr Fletcher also has represented the RCBOE for MANY years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He sits in meetings for hours and does NOTHING - I have seen it first hand. I also would like to know why he is still the representive when he was in on the deals for Larke and OK them.

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